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Charles A. "Chuck" Helm, 52, of 1000 Hazy Downs Road in Raywick has pled not guilty to charges of theft by unlawful taking $10,000 or more and abuse of public trust.
Helm served as the Raywick Fire Chief from 2004 to 2011, and according to his indictment, he is accused of taking or exercising control over movable property of another with intent to deprive them of $10,000 or more, or he obtained interest in immovable property of another with intent to benefit himself when he was not entitled to.
In July of 2011, Helm resigned from his position as Raywick fire chief, stating that his out-of-town job commitments caused him to be away from the community too much. However, following Helm's resignation, the department began an internal investigation into possible misuse of funds.
Lebanon attorney Elmer George, who has been assisting the Raywick Fire Department with this matter, told the Enterprise in August of 2011 that the department's funds were definitely misused. According to George, some of the funds that were in the Raywick Fire Department's account came from local, state and federal sources.
In 2009, Helm was named the Outstanding Emergency Personnel by the Marion County Chamber of Commerce. He was credited with attaining the Raywick Fire Department more than $500,000 in Homeland Security grants, which helped the department buy new equipment, including a $180,000 truck.
In other circuit court news:
- David Eugene Shuck, 50, of 2225 Arbuckle Road in Lebanon pled guilty to receiving stolen property under $10,000. His sentencing has been scheduled for Jan. 10, 2013. A charge of first-degree persistent felony offender was dismissed.
- Glenn M. Shuck, 48, of South Sixth Street in Bradfordsville pled guilty to receiving stolen property under $10,000. His sentencing has been scheduled for Jan. 10, 2013. A charge of first-degree persistent felony offender was dismissed.
- Tina M. Lane, 29, of 545 River Road in Bradfordsville pled guilty to receiving stolen property under $500. Her sentencing has been scheduled for March 21, 2013.
- Michael Stephen Helm, 23, of 75 Caudill Lane in Lebanon received 24 months of probation for theft by unlawful taking (shoplifting). He was ordered to pay $242.62 restitution to Wal-mart. A charge of first-degree persistent felony offender was dismissed.
- Kathy Wagoner, 54, of 223 Raines Hill in Lebanon had a charge of theft by unlawful taking dismissed because she has successfully completed her diversion.
Editor's note: The items above are from Marion Circuit Judge Allan Bertram's Dec. 6 docket and Marion Circuit Judge Dan Kelly's Dec. 20 docket. Some cases from Bertram's Dec. 6 docket have not yet been turned over to the Marion Circuit Clerk.